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Hydrocortisone foam

Pronunciation

Generic Name: hydrocortisone (HYE-droe-KOR-ti-sone)
Brand Name: Itch-X

Hydrocortisone foam is used for:

Reducing itching, redness, and swelling associated with many skin conditions.

Hydrocortisone foam is a topical corticosteroid. It works by depressing the formation, release, and activity of different cells and chemicals that cause swelling, redness, and itching.

Do NOT use hydrocortisone foam if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in hydrocortisone foam

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using hydrocortisone foam:

Some medical conditions may interact with hydrocortisone foam. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have a skin infection, thinning of the skin, tuberculosis (TB), chickenpox, shingles, a positive TB skin test, or have recently had a vaccination

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with hydrocortisone foam. Because little, if any, of hydrocortisone foam is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if hydrocortisone foam may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use hydrocortisone foam:

Use hydrocortisone foam as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Shake well before each use.
  • Apply a small amount of medicine to the affected area. Gently rub it in until it is evenly distributed. Wash your hands after applying hydrocortisone foam, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • Do not bandage or wrap the affected area unless directed otherwise by your doctor.
  • If you miss a dose of hydrocortisone foam, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use hydrocortisone foam.

Important safety information:

  • Hydrocortisone foam is for external use only. Do not get hydrocortisone foam in your eyes. If you get hydrocortisone foam in your eyes, immediately flush them with cool tap water.
  • Do not use hydrocortisone foam for diaper rash or for external vaginal itching if vaginal discharge is present .
  • Check with your doctor before having vaccinations while you are using hydrocortisone foam.
  • Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • If your symptoms do not get better within 7 days, if they get worse, or if they clear up and then come back, check with your doctor.
  • Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use hydrocortisone foam, especially if the child is using a large amount of it or using it for a long period of time.
  • Hydrocortisone foam should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 2 years old without first checking with the child's doctor; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using hydrocortisone foam while you are pregnant. It is not known if hydrocortisone foam is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use hydrocortisone foam, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of hydrocortisone foam:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Mild, temporary stinging; skin irritation or dryness.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); infection; itching, burning, pain, redness, or swelling of the skin not present before using hydrocortisone foam; skin thinning and discoloration.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Hydrocortisone foam may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of hydrocortisone foam:

Store hydrocortisone foam at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep hydrocortisone foam out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about hydrocortisone foam, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Hydrocortisone foam is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take hydrocortisone foam or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about hydrocortisone foam. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to hydrocortisone foam. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using hydrocortisone foam.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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